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The Body of Christ sharing the Love of Christ

Welcome to Holy Cross Orthodox Mission, parish of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

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Upcoming Events

Bible Study!

Every Wednesday night, Holy Cross Orthodox Chuch holds Bible Study for both adults and teens (older children welcome as well). Classes are held at 2211 Stanolind in the Telschow's studio apartment. The adult class is taught by Father Mark Telschow and Khouria Corey Telschow. The teen class is taught by Reader Abraham Langston and Kristi Langston. For more information contact Father Mark at (432)741-1040 or Reader Abraham at (432)234-5362. In the event of a cancellation, an email will be sent to you. 

“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find peace for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

The Orthodox Church is Evangelical but not Protestant,

Orthodox but not Jewish, Catholic but not Roman.

It is not non-denominational but pre-denominational.

It has believed, preserved, proclaimed, defended and laid down its life for

the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost.

Holy Cross Orthodox Church of Midland and Odessa


Holy Cross is an Orthodox mission church. We are committed to placing Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior first in our daily lives. We are firmly rooted in the teaching of Holy Scripture and the unchanging Christian witness of the Early Church. We invite all to find their spiritual home here at Holy Cross. Join us for worship this Sunday!

Are you new to the Orthodox Christian faith? Our Visitors page is a great place to start! You will find links to audio resources as well as information about history, worship services and weekly Bible Studies. Find out a little more about Our Parish including our history and ministries.

Christ is in our midst!

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. —The words of Christ, John 13.34-35

This passage from the Gospel of Saint John speaks of the commandment to love. It identifies this attribute as the one that best identifies a true disciple of Christ.

It has been said that love requires another. That love can only exist when there is a communion of persons. It has been my desire to fashion along with all of you a community of love. My hope is that we demonstrate our love for one another and thereby prove to be God’s true disciples.

With continued prayers for your salvation,

+ Father Mark +

Stop the Slaughter: Pray, Act, Give
We Are All Nasrani!
We Are All Nasrani!
We Are All Nasrani!
Support the Suffering People of Syria

Our beloved Bishop Basil has asked us to adopt the Hauran region, one so full of oppressed people who need our help, our love and our prayers. ISIS and other radical militants are actively hunting, kidnapping, tortureing and murdering Christian men, women and children. Thousands have been shot, beheaded and even crucified! Millions are now refugees.

Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, we can reach out and extend the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who hunger to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy.

A Sister Diocese Program Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran and the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America The Orthodox who today live in much of the territory once known as Arabia Petraea – descendants of those converted to faith in Christ Jesus by St. Timon – comprise the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. The present “angel of Bosra and successor to St. Timon” is Metropolitan SABA (Esper). One of the most venerable Archdioceses of our Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of Bosra now finds itself facing very difficult times. Due to the frequency of warfare in that area, the attacks throughout of much of its territory by the Islamic State terrorists and the resultant violence, deprivation, and poverty; most of its people are refugees, having relocated to Damascus, crossed the border into Lebanon or departed for the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Gulf States.

Only 5-10% of the population remains Christian in this troubled land. It is easy to understand the reasons for vast emigration of Christians to Damascus, and elsewhere. Witnessing the horrors of war and fleeing the only home they've ever known is robbing Syria's children of their innocence and peace of mind. IOCC with its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, is helping traumatized children like these recently displaced from Idlib, through counseling that will equip them with the coping skills they need to deal with the loss and uncertainty in their young lives. 

In a gesture of Christian love and support for Metropolitan SABA and his flock, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has committed itself to a “Sister Diocese” relationship with the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran.

Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, the example of our kind and loving Bishop, and the generosity of the faithful in our diocese, we can reach out with the kind of personal support that will enable us to partner in extending the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who have only begun to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy in ours.

For more information or to donate please contact Fr. Mark or go to

Meeting at:

Temporarily  Meeting for Worship at

2211 Stanolind Ave. in Midland, TX 79705

For more information please call 432-741-1040


Upcoming Services
Saturday, August 29th
Beheading of the Baptist
Great Vespers 5 PM with Sacrament of Confession following. Back studio apartment, 2211 Stanolind Ave., Midland
Sunday, August 30th
Divine Services: Hours/Orthros 9:30 AM followed by Divine Liturgy with holy communion. Father Mark Telschow celebrating. Back studio apartment 2211 Stanolind Ave., Midland, TX
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